Sillage, how loud is your perfume?

By Lola,

 

Sillage is French for “wake”, akin to the trail left behind by a moving boat in water, or the jet stream of a passing airplane.
Applied to the context of perfumery, it refers to the range or distance from the wearer, that his or her fragrance may be detected; or put in a more poetic way, “the sense of a person being present in a room after they have left”.

Sillage is pronounced as ‘see-yazh’.

A strong sillage will therefore refer to a fragrance which has range or projects well.

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Boat sailing the Lyse fjord in Norway